A few days ago, I posted an image of the Spring horse, and said that I needed to leave it alone for awhile. Then I thought that I might as well move on with the other two horses and work on getting them to the same point as the Spring horse.
So, I’ve been working on the pencil final (I finish it before transferring the drawing to paper for inking) of the Autumn steed, and I think I finally have the background sketched to my satisfaction:
One of the things I’m trying to do to give this series cohesiveness (aside from stylistic/technique stuff) is to create interesting/inviting scenes as seen through the doorways behind the horses. I have a soft spot for castles, (since they can be totally romanticized!), and I’m trying to choose types that would “fit” the scenery I’m picturing to complement the horses. It’s been fun searching through my reference books to find parts of castles that appeal and that I can glom together to make fit the “story” of each horse.
The castle in Autumn’s scene is largely influenced by the beautiful Chateau l’Aigle, which is located in a wine-growing district of southeastern Switzerland near the French border:
image © Steve Vidler/Leo de Wys Inc. From: “Castles and Fortresses”, by Robin S. Oggins. ISBN: 1-56799-095-9